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Definition of Moderate

Moderate

  1. Kept within due bounds; observing reasonable limits; not excessive, extreme, violent, or rigorous; limited; restrained
  2. Limited in quantity; sparing; temperate; frugal; as, moderate in eating or drinking; a moderate table.
  3. Limited in degree of activity, energy, or excitement; reasonable; calm; slow; as, moderate language; moderate endeavors.
  4. Not extreme in opinion, in partisanship, and the like; as, a moderate Calvinist.
  5. Not violent or rigorous; temperate; mild; gentle; as, a moderate winter.
  6. Limited as to degree of progress; as, to travel at moderate speed.
  7. Limited as to the degree in which a quality, principle, or faculty appears; as, an infusion of moderate strength; a man of moderate abilities.
  8. Limited in scope or effects; as, a reformation of a moderate kind.
  9. One of a party in the Church of Scotland in the 18th century, and part of the 19th, professing moderation in matters of church government, in discipline, and in doctrine.
  10. To restrain from excess of any kind; to reduce from a state of violence, intensity, or excess; to keep within bounds; to make temperate; to lessen; to allay; to repress; to temper; to qualify; as, to moderate rage, action, desires, etc.; to moderate heat or wind.
  11. To preside over, direct, or regulate, as a public meeting; as, to moderate a synod.
  12. To become less violent, severe, rigorous, or intense; as, the wind has moderated.
  13. To preside as a moderator.

Moderate Quotations

Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures.
Theodore Roosevelt

In religious and in secular affairs, the more fervent beliefs attract followers. If you are a moderate in any respect - if you're a moderate on abortion, if you're a moderate on gun control, or if you're a moderate in your religious faith - it doesn't evolve into a crusade where you're either right or wrong, good or bad, with us or against us.
Jimmy Carter

Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.
Alexander Hamilton

Islam, the third in historical sequence of the ethical monotheistic religions of the Near East, was very successful in establishing its monotheism, but had only very moderate success in spreading its version of Jewish and Christian ethics to the Arabs.
Carroll Quigley

The eyes of some persons are large, others small, and others of a moderate size; the last-mentioned are the best. And some eyes are projecting, some deep-set, and some moderate, and those which are deep-set have the most acute vision in all animals; the middle position is a sign of the best disposition.
Aristotle
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Moderate Translations

moderate in Afrikaans is matig
moderate in Dutch is gematigd, bescheiden, matig
moderate in Latin is modica, aliquanta, modestus, parcus, mediocris
moderate in Portuguese is moderado
moderate in Spanish is modico
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